WV Department of Education Selected to Host IDEA Summit in July

June 05, 2002

The West Virginia Department of Education has been awarded a federal grant to host a summit on the implementation of IDEA– the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. IDEA is a 26-year-old federal mandate that guarantees a free appropriate public education for children with disabilities. Since 1997, IDEA has called for children with disabilities to reach the same level of achievement as their non-disabled peers.  

The Office of Special Education will host the summit July 22-24 at the Embassy Suites in Charleston. Teachers, administrators, parents, advocates, service providers, paraprofessionals and policymakers are encouraged to attend. The IDEA summit will provide an opportunity for stakeholders to engage in joint discussions and problem-solving around key issues related to IDEA implementation in West Virginia. The summit will also focus on improved communication between and among education partners.  

“West Virginia was one of just eight states to receive one of the competitive partnership grants,” said Dr. Dee Bodkins, executive director of the Office of Special Education for the West Virginia Department of Education. “We are planning an exciting, informative summit that will give participants a chance to dialogue about ways we can continue to provide appropriate educational opportunities for the 55,000 children in West Virginia who receive special education services.”  

Summit participants must pre-register by contacting the West Virginia Department of Education at 304-558-2696 or 1-800-642-8541 (V/TDD). Registration is limited to 200 participants.  

For more information, contact Kay Johnston, Judy Robertson or Erica Deal, Office of Special Education (304) 558-2696.

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